Mimesis

Mimesis

by Katherine Kim

 

There is an Orient in my body
A floating head with my eyes,
helix aspersa
tracking slime across her face
She will incubate her strength
Press her mouth against my throat:
I seek the river beneath the river,
bearing two tongues   two minds to shed
an inheritance of crimes
where my ancestors marked their graves
dawned their offspring   bloomed their homes

“The Daylight’s Smile in the Silk” by Bill Wolak